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Circulars dated:   25/11/14   19/11/14   7/11/14   29/10/14

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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? November 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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NEW Friday 28 November 2014 8pm - Scraping The Barrel & Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Seymour Arms, Seymour Street, Plymouth, PL4 8DT
The tremendous trio of Nik, Les, and David, aka Scraping The (Soggy Bottom Of The Stone Soup) Barrel, will be once again plying their trademark Americana Blue Folk Diddlyeye. For this special gig they will be joined by the Kingsbridge-based Old Gaffers Shanty Crew. The gig is ‘special’, not only in bringing you these two stupendous acts on the one bill, but also as it is being recorded, on both audio and video, for uploading to the internet.

NEW Honiton: New monthly folk and acoustic club
"Beehive Folk" is a new monthly folk and acoustic club. The next one is on Wednesday 10 December, from 8pm, at the Beehive Arts Centre in Honiton, EX14 1LZ. Contact: email manager@beehivehoniton.co.uk or call 01404 384050 for further details.

Sunday 14 December 2014 - Trade Winds Christmas Party - Scoriton Village Hall (map) nr Buckfastleigh
Similar format to the regular sessions, but we also ask everybody to bring food to share and whatever drink you like (no bar). There’ll be a raffle and a guest performance we’re convinced you’ll enjoy – not letting on yet. This is always a great evening, so do come and join in the festivities. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Thursday 15 January 2015 8pm - Steve Knightley - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall , nr Exeter EX5 5BL
The songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful Show of Hands, Steve continues his solo ‘Grow your own’ tour of village venues. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but of those beyond, and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. Expect an intense and engaging evening with a great musician. Raising money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust & organised by the Rotary Club of Exeter Eastgate. Soft/alcoholic/hot drinks and cakes on sale. Tickets £16 available from 01392 259184.

NEW Friday 16 January 2015 8pm - Inaugural meeting of Ma's Folk Club - Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
On the A386 midway between Launceston and Tavistock. Ma's Folk Club meets on the third Friday of each month. Musicians and singers welcome. Contact Ray Cornish 01822 870247, email hugoveerman@hotmail.com, for more information. £3 entry.

Correction
Thursday 12 March 2015 8pm - John Renbourn & Wizz Jones - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
A long way down the road from their beatnik days in St. Ives, two of the greatest folk guitar heroes of our generation, join up for an evening of classic folk and blues, tall tales and reminiscence. John and Wizz will perform together as well as playing solo. A rare opportunity to catch these two legends weaving their unique magic. Tickets £16.50 from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or 01392 873407 (contributor's apologies for incorrect phone no. 877695 given in initial e-circulation).

Feature: Kingskerswell
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25/11/14

Harberton Folk Xtra - Tuesday 25 November 2014

A 'normal' circular with all the new listings and reminders will follow, work permitting, later this week, but today's circular is a one-off Xtra to publicise three events in which Harberton Folk has a special interest:
1) Sunday 7 December - St Agnes Fountain on what has become almost an annual pre-Christmas visit to a venue in our region, including three previous concerts for Harberton Folk.
2) Friday 12 December - A treat for ceilidh-goers with a special Christmas Ceilidh at Dartington by one of the top bands in the country, RANDOM, featuring the brilliant Saul Rose (Waterson Carthy, Faustus, Whapweasel, 'Song Man' in War Horse and more) on melodeon. Old friends of Harberton Folk, and us personally. I was dancing morris with Saul in Oxfordshire when aged 11 he broke his leg (not by dancing!) and picked up a melodeon for the first time. And I'm going to break my no-posters/flyers-in-an-email rule just this once to add a little Christmas colour!
3) Sunday 22 February 2015 - Full ticketing arrangements are now
in place for Harberton Cricket Club's Steve Knightley solo concert at Harberton Parish Hall.
(Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are also coming to Harberton, on Sat 7 March 2015. A Villages In Action event - ticketing details to be advised soon. Jan and I saw them in Dartmouth last Saturday and they are excellent.)

Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. Although their 8 albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/st-agnes-fountain-christmas-concert. Call 01626 325800 for tickets, or book online at www.wegottickets.com/event/288251.

Friday 12 December 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh with RANDOM - Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall (directions to venue)
'Electric ceilidh music with guts'. The six musicians who are RANDOM, bring their vast experience of all kinds of folk and dance music to this well-established band. Their gutsy, melodic, folk-rock interpretation of tunes with traditional roots creates scintillating but subtle ceilidh music that will make you want to dance. Saul Rose who also plays with Whapweasel, and Faustus, amongst many others, joins up with Paul Nye to bring two very exciting melodeon-playing talents together. Add the classy bass guitar of Keith Holloway, the guitar rhythms of Ian Woledge and the rock-solid drumming of Roger Smith and you’ve got the unique RANDOM sound. Now the supremely-talented Maclaine Colston has added his wonderful hammered dulcimer to the band's sound with great success. The caller for the evening is Rosie Longhurst, who will be well known to ceilidh-goers locally. Tickets £10 from www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=74197 or box office 01803 847070 12.30-7.30pm daily.

Sunday 22 February 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Steve makes a sentimental return to Harberton for this date on his Grow Your Own Gig solo tour. A Harberton Cricket Club (HCC) promotion, supported by Harberton Folk. All tickets £16. See here for full local ticketing details (Barry Goldsmith from HCC [cheque+SAE], and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes [cheque/cash for personal visitors]). Online tickets £16+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/292287.

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John Culf
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19/11/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 19 November 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

NEW Saturday 22 November 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh with the Recycled Ceilidh Band - All Saints Church Hall, Exeter Road, Exmouth, EX8 1NT
Bar, bring & share supper. In aid of local Green Party funds. Adv tickets £6 from Olly Davey, email o.davey[at]talktalk.net, tel 01395 225075. or £7 on door.

Namvula Rennie - World Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Namvula creates an intrepid new musical world where the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and Londons vibrant, eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvulas music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil and in the storytelling traditions of folk music. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and multi-award-winning Zambian vocalist Maureen Lilanda. Singing in Zambian languages, as well as English, Portuguese and French, Namvula speaks out on issues facing modern-day Africa, as well as exploring stories about society, life and love. She is working with some of the UK's most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin (Mercury-nominated Led Bib), percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal), and acclaimed Ghanaian guitarist Alfred 'Kari' Bannerman (Osibisa). Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit. WOMaTT www.namvula.com
26 November 2014 8pm - The Red Lion, Shobrooke
27 November 2014 7.45pm - Cove Village Hall
28 November 2014 7.30pm - Talaton Parish Hall
29 November 2014 7.30pm - Bere Ferrers Church Hall

Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
26 November 2014 7.30pm - St Marys Church, Abbotskerswell
27 November 2014 8pm - Whimple Victory Hall
28 November 2014 8pm - Chudleigh Community School Hall
29 November 2014 7.30pm - Scoriton Village Hall
(NB also: 7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes)

NEW Thursday 27 November 2014 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Singers' & Musicians' Open Night. Free admission. All performers and listeners welcome. Details from Martyn Hillstead. 01626 778071.

Friday 28 November 2014 - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/sheelanagig.

Friday 28 November 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Sam Walker / Truffleshack - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Sam Walker -
songwriter, one man band sensation who will lift the roof. Truffleshack - brilliant accordion and violin duo from Bristol, very good musicianship and performance. Organic soup, cakes & chai and beers from the local brewery at the Albert or New Lion Brewery in upstairs cafe/bar space. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm). Adv online tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/291373.

NEW Thursday 4 December 2014 8pm - Gareth & Annie - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Delightful up and coming folk talent playing at the B-Bar after a series of successful gigs and festivals this summer. Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis are an up and coming acoustic folk duo from the South of Cornwall; they have been performing together for about 18 months and have been winning acclaim from both local and national sources including Folk Radio and Radio 2 Folk Award winners Lau. Gareth previously enjoyed success as a solo artist winning the What’s On solo performer of the year in 2012 beating off competition of the likes of Ben Howard and Ruarri Joseph. Multi-Instrumentalist Annie Baylis formerly of Kola has moonlighted on many local artists work including The People’s String Foundation, Jack Wallen and Brother & Bones. Support: Harry Rowland. www.garethandanniemusic.co.uk. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 5 December 2014 - Martyn Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” Q Magazine. “Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” - MOJO. Tickets £16+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277196. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/martynjosephdevon.htm.

Saturday 6 December 2014 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with The Diatonics - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
A new band but forged from many years of playing music for ceilidh’s and events and festivals across the UK and Europe. An eclectic fusion of folk dance music creating a distinct style that will ensure that the dancing will be at its best. Give yourself an early Christmas treat.
To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call Alan on 01392 217152.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award. Bella's captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. www.bellahardy.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!bella-hardy/c217f. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

NEW Thursday 11 December 2014 7.30pm - Exeter Folk Project Christmas Party - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
A fun packed evening with a collection of fantastic local musicians and one special overseas guest! Tickets £10+ www.wegottickets.com/event/298743. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Saturday 13 December 2014 - Gerry Colvin Band - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
From 1995 Gerry worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvin Quarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. For 2014 there's a modified line up and a change of name following the amicable departure of Nick Quarmby, but the sound and songs still remain the brain child of the amazing Gerry Colvin. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285716. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/gerrycolvinband.htm. Support: Ella Janes. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

NEW Sunday 14 December 2014 7.30pm - Mukashi Mukashi: Myth and Music of Old Japan - Bowden House, Totnes TQ9 7PW
A spellbinding tale of serpents, ghosts and Zen. A haunting blend of experimental sounds and traditional Japanese music. See www.mukashimukashi.net.

UPDATED Thursday 18 December 2014 8pm - Esther O'Connor - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The band, Ashton Lane, describe themselves as country pop. Samples of the music can be found at www.reverbnation.com/ashtonlanemusic. ''Fresh, self-assured and original - Ashton's music just makes you happy to be alive. What a great new talent.'' Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2.  Please contact Brian Thurston on 07850 082126 or by email brianthus[at]aol.com to register interest in attending. Voluntary contributions at the door towards artists fees, and costs.

Saturday 20 December 2014 7pm - French & Breton Workshop & Dance - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP (map)
Presented by the Balfolk Collective. Featuring Wod and Red Dog Green Dog. £10/8. Wear your favourite animal mask (it’s solstice after all).

Saturday 27 December 2014 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller: Tom Addison. Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with Mick Bramich (melodeon/anglo concertina) and Les Noden (guitar and vocals). Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non alcoholic drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk[at]gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

UPDATED Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - The Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PT (map)
Caller Anne Gill. Teignmouth Folk Festival fundraiser. No bar, BYO own drink and food to share. Tickets £10.50 adv only, from Alan Brown 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427 or email annemgill[at]tiscali.co.uk. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

NEW Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Dawntreader - Village Hall, School Road, Kingskerswell, Devon TQ12 5DJ (map)
Black Bess Border Morris Dancers Annual New Year's Eve Charity Ceilidh. Fully licensed bar. Fun filled event for all the family. Theme "Be Seen in Green". Proceeds to "B.I.R.T." (Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Trust). Adult £10, U16 £7. Advance booking strongly advised, call 07896 185071 or rmail blackbessborder@gmail.com.

NEW Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Red Shed - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Caller Rosie Baines. Licensed bar. Pie and Pea supper. Tickets £10 from www.exetercvs.org.uk/newyear. More info: email kristiantomblin[at]live.com.

NEW Thursday 15 January 2015 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for 37 years, has been described as " a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." He's the dad of of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, all of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as performers. They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy. Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and west country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/ 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument.  Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 7 February 2015 8pm - Jackie Oates with James Dumbleton - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Adv tickets £10 available now, £12 door. Contact: 01392 210983 or email leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk to reserve or enquire.

NEW Thursday 12 March 2015 8pm - John Renbourn & Wizz Jones - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
A long way down the road from their beatnik days in St. Ives, two of the greatest folk guitar heroes of our generation, join up for an evening of classic folk and blues, tall tales and reminiscence. John and Wizz will perform together as well as playing solo. A rare opportunity to catch these two legends weaving their unique magic. Tickets £16.50 from Topsham Books 01392 877695 or 01392 873407.

Feature: Topsham Folk Club (nr Exeter)
has just announced its 2015 new year programme of concert nights, all taking place on the following Sundays (8pm start, real ale bar) at Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
15 February - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan;  29 March - Andy Cutting; 26 April - Gavin Davenport Band; 17 May - Lady Maisery
plus the following occasional one-hour features spots on singers nights at The Malthouse at the Globe Hotel, Topsham EX3 0HR
11 January - The Claque; 8 March - The Dukes of Jook (Chris Billings & Julian Piper)
Full details www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Feature: Programme from the 'Folk on the Moor' Club, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The club meets weekly every Sunday evening (except August), starting at 7.45pm prompt. Always a great guest list - see below. Entrance prices are given for Club Members. Optional membership fee £10 will take you through to the end of July 2015. Sundays not specified are open nights when admission is just £1 for everyone. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
*****
Sunday 14 December 2014 7.45pm - Gerry Colvin Band - Folk o
n the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An amended line-up for this superb band following the amicable departure of Nick Quarmby, their act is still underpinned by Gerry's outstanding ability to write deeply moving songs and to charm an audience with his warmth and zany humour.
*****
Sunday 21 December 2014 7.45pm - Christmas Party, 50's theme - Folk o
n the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A light-hearted evening with more than a nod to the memory of John York, much-loved singer/guitarist/MC of the Club, who sadly passed away in September.
28 December - Club Closed
*****
Sunday 11 January 2015 7.45pm - Jim Reynolds - Folk on
the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Another highly versatile songwriter and bruilliant guitarist, equally at home with blues, ragtime or traditional ballads, Jim is one of the nicest guys on the scene and his laid-back style belies an outstanding musical ability. His songs range from humorous to reflective.
*****
Sunday 25 January 2015 7.45pm - Donal Maguire - Folk
on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Irish born but in England since the age of 15, Donal has embraced traditional and contemporary influences and is renowned both as a fine unaccompanied singer and a talented songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Witty presentation of a well-balanced programme is assured.
*****
Sunday 8 February 2015 7.45pm - Jackie Oates - Folk on the Mo
or, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Since her appearance at the BBC Young Folk Awards a decade ago, adopted Devonian Jackie's career has gone from strength to strength. With an exceptionally pure voice and a host of highly-lauded albums to her name, another sell-out audience is guaranteed, so be sure to book!
And there are more fabulous acts to come in 2015:
22 February - Reg Meuross; 8 March - Dan Walsh; 22 March - Tom McConville; 5 April - Brian Willoughby & Katherine Craig; 19 April - Tom Kitching & Bob Davenport; 26 April - Bob Fox; 10 May - Belshazzar's Feast; 24 May - Jez Lowe; 14 June - Archie Fisher; 28 June - Joe Topping; 26 July - Carrivick Sisters

***** All above at Folk on the Moor *****

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Thursday 27 November -
Ruarri Joseph - Exeter Phoenix
Friday 28 November -
Triple Bill: CoCo & The Butterfields, Land of the Giants + Matthew & Me - Exeter Phoenix
Sold out Friday 28 November -
The Carrivick Sisters - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton
Thursday 4 December - Winter Mountain - Tavistock Wharf
Friday 5 December - Roving Crows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Friday 5 December - Jane Taylor - Upstairs @ Crown & Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay
Friday 5 December - Winter Mountain - Barrel House, Totnes
Saturday 13 December - Phil Beer - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 19 December - Mad Dog Mcrea - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Sunday 25 January - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes

Last but by no means least, our regular reminders for two Christmas Specials (both hugely popular previous Harberton Folk acts)
****
* Christmas starts with St Agnes Fountain *****
Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. Although their 8 albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/st-agnes-fountain-christmas-concert. Call 01626 325800 for tickets, or book online at www.wegottickets.com/event/288251.
***** One of the top national ceilidh bands *****
Friday
12 December 2014 7.30pm - Christmas Ceilidh with RANDOM - Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall (directions to venue)
'Electric ceilidh music with guts'. The six musicians who are RANDOM, bring their vast experience of all kinds of folk and dance music to this well-established band. Their gutsy, melodic, folk-rock interpretation of tunes with traditional roots creates scintillating but subtle ceilidh music that will make you want to dance. Saul Rose who also plays with Whapweasel, and Faustus, amongst many others, joins up with Paul Nye to bring two very exciting melodeon-playing talents together. Add the classy bass guitar of Keith Holloway, the guitar rhythms of Ian Woledge and the rock-solid drumming of Roger Smith and you’ve got the unique RANDOM sound. Now the supremely-talented Maclaine Colston has added his wonderful hammered dulcimer to the band's sound with great success. The caller for the evening is Rosie Longhurst, who will be well known to ceilidh-goers locally. Tickets £10 from www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=74197 or box office 01803 847070 12.30-7.30pm daily.
***** Concert/ceilidh tickets make great Christmas presents! *****

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7/11/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 7 November 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

NEW Thursday 27 November 2014 - Ruarri Joseph - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Cornish singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph (his first name is pronounced like ‘brewery’, in case you were wondering…) creates an inventive fusion of blues, rock and soul, inspired by the likes of Tom Waits, Elliott Smith and Django Reindhart. www.ruarrijoseph.co.uk. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ruarri-joseph. Box Office: 01392 667080. Ruarri's full album 'Brother' can be heard at www.youtube.com/watch?v=thXHbVGa3h0.

NEW Friday 28 November 2014 - Triple Bill: CoCo & The Butterfields, Land of the Giants + Matthew & Me - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/coco-the-butterfields-land-of-the-giants-matthew-me.

NEW Saturday 29 November 2014 7.30pm - Christmas Guitars – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas Guitar concert with special guest Amy Kakoura. Guitarist Richard Durrant’s 2014 Candlelit Christmas Guitar concerts will have a magic all of their own, with repertoire from early music, Christian, pagan and folk traditions as well as many wonderfully distinctive Durrant originals. Full details, ticketing etc. www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn?Programme=1745280. Box office 01803 839530.

Wednesday 10 December 2014 - Phil Beer & Paul Downes - The Guildhall, Bradninch
Special guests for Bradninch Acoustic Music Club's Xmas club night. Tickets £10. Wow what a night. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

UPDATED Saturday 13 December 2014 8pm - Phil Beer - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the finest performers on the folk scene. Multi-instrumentalist and one-half of duo Show Of Hands. www.philbeer.co.uk. Info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). Support: Miggins' Delight www.facebook.com/MigginsDelight.
NB: The Club's open singer's Christmas Party night in December has changed from Friday 19th to Tuesday 23rd.

NEW Thursday 18 December 2014 8pm - Esther O'Connor - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The band, Ashton Lane, describe themselves as County Pop. Samples of the music can be found at www.reverbnation.com/ashtonlanemusic. ''Fresh, self-assured and original - Ashton's music just makes you happy to be alive. What a great new talent.'' Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2.  Please contact Brian Thurston on brianthus[at]aol.com to register interest in attending. Voluntary contributions at the door towards artists fees, and costs.

NEW Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - The Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PT (map)
Caller Anne Gill. Teignmouth Folk Festival fundraiser. No bar, BYO own drink and bring & share supper. Tickets £10.50 adv only, contact
Alan Brown 01803 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427 or email annemgill[at]tiscali.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 January 2015 5pm - The Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
Gates 4pm. Organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. Gates open at 4.00pm with events from 5pm. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka and the Torbay Folk Choir. Folk music; Newton Bushel Morris; Bovey Tracey Mummers. Licensed bar, food, refreshments etc. Adults £2 / 4 -16yrs £1 / U4s free.

NEW Thursday 29 January 2015 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today. A six piece acoustic with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmosphere folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2. Full details, ticketing etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/stfu. Box office
01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 21 February 2015 - Hank Wangford - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Country star. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/296086.

UPDATED Sunday 22 February 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Steve makes a sentimental return to Harberton for this date on his Grow Your Own Gig solo tour. Online tickets £16+ now available at www.wegottickets.com/event/292287. A Harberton Cricket Club (HCC) promotion, supported by Harberton Folk. Local ticketing details will appear here soon (Barry Goldsmith from HCC, and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes).

East Devon News:
1) Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide (updated) for November
is now available as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
2) Jurassic Folk & Acoustic
now have their own website at www.jurassicfolkandjam.com, so the East Devon Folk site has reverted to its original purpose which is to disseminate and exchange information about local folk and acoustic events , musicians , bands, relevant facilities and lots more. It may not necessarily be folk or East Devon, but will be of interest to people living in or visiting East Devon. So take a look at www.eastdevonfolk.org.
3) Otterton Mill Update
Otterton Mill is taking a break from Music and Food Nights over the winter months. Their spring season for 2015 will be announced in December. www.ottertonmill.com

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29/10/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 29 October 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

NEW Friday 28 November 2014 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: De-Malebysse - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
This promises to be an interesting evening of lovely, lyrical folk. De-Malebysse is a new band performing traditional folk music, sometimes with an alternative slant. In the last few weeks they have been putting together their first full album in rural seclusion at Propagation House in Devon – a studio previously used by the likes of Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, Steeleye Span – seriously good performers! They have made a number of festival performances including the Bath Folk Festival and locally in Mount Edgcumbe Park. Samples www.reverbnation.com/demalebysse. Free entry, chatty atmosphere. Donations to the band please. www.calstockarts.org/friday-28-november-gallery-bar-special-with-de-malebysse.

NEW Friday 5 December 2014 8pm - Jane Taylor - Upstairs @ Crown & Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Jane Taylor is a songwriter with an amazing voice and her concerts are always worth attending. This show will contain songs from Jane's forthcoming Winter animation musical 'Mr Claus' as well as favourites from her much loved albums 'Compass' and 'Montpelier'. Mulled wine a aplenty and a lot of JT magic thrown in for good measure. Tonight she's accompanied by her double bassist John Holmes and support comes from the very talented, Alex Gregory. Tickets £8 adv from 01803 328290, £10 door.

NEW Friday 12 December 2014 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Out to Grass - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Sometimes when Father Christmas brings you the same present two years running you are disappointed. However, as last year’s final event before the Christmas break went down so well, we are pleased to have Out To Grass return to do the same this year. You won’t be disappointed. If you don’t already know, they are a group of very experienced local musicians who clearly enjoy playing and that enjoyment is infectious. They play bluegrass versions of songs you know and love! Hear such songs as Yeah Yeah and The Letter as you’ve never heard them before! Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band please. www.calstockarts.org/friday-12-december-gallery-bar-special-with-out-to-grass.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

And into 2015!...
(notes for your diary - all below are details to be confirmed/advised)
Saturday 7 March 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes
Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

New West-Country CD
We don't usually do advertising as such, but very happy to make an exception to give a mention for a brand new release from West-Country specialists and former Harberton Folk performers Tom & Barbara Brown. Details of 'Just Another Day - Songs from Minehead - then and now' can be found on www.umbermusic.co.uk.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

Kingsbridge Crabshell Session - Summer Recess
In conjunction with Simon and Jane at the pub, we have decided to suspend the monthly session at the Crabshell for the summer season i.e. no sessions on the first Thursdays of June, July, August or September 2014. Fortunately for them (perhaps not for us!) they have made such a fantastic job of re-inventing the pub that it has been increasingly difficult to dodge waitresses, hear each other sing etc when the pub is at its busiest. So you have all summer long to work on your repertoires and enjoy the break! But be sure to put a big reminder on your calendars for Thursday 2nd October 2014 when I for one will be looking forward to getting together again. Brenda B.

Over the border: Brief news from Cornwall
1) The monthly Cross House Inn sessions at Metherell are in recess until September.
2) Bodmin Folk Club regrettably has no permanent home at present. Check www.bodminfolk.co.uk for interim venue(s).

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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New 'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This brand new (a month ago) not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.
It's very difficult to categorise some performers, but here's a summary of the 'folkier' acts in the current published programme up to December:
22/11 Rue Royale; 23/11 Hayseed Dixie; 14/12 Mad Dog Mcrea - something for all tastes there! They're also all in the www.harbertonfolk.co.uk website Diary, with links to music/video samples in most cases.

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Buckfastleigh Mixed Voice A Cappella Choir - Recruiting
‘The Lost Sound’ is a small (24 singers), mixed voice, a cappella choir based in Buckfastleigh with a strong folk element. They have received an extremely warm response to their performances throughout 2012, especially from The Dart Music festival and Night of 1000 voices at Exeter Cathedral. They are looking to take on new singers in the Alto and Female tenor sections who have some harmony experience and who can learn quickly. For more info see www.singingandbreathing.co.uk or call Sandra on 01364 643105.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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